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Yoshihiro Uchida Interview

Date: May 17, 2012
Location: San Jose, California
Videographer: Tani Ikeda
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-411
03:02:37
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Nisei male. Born April 1, 1920, in Calexico, California. Grew up in the Orange County area. Drafted into the army during World War II, while family was removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Father and brothers were all transferred to Department of Justice camps, and eventually went to Japan. After military service, Mr. Uchida returned to California and lived in San Jose. He earned his black belt in judo as a teenager, and after the war, was head of the judo program at San Jose State for over sixty years. Was instrumental in helping judo become nationally recognized in the U.S. as well as an official Olympic sport.
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Interview location: San Jose, California Parents' family backgrounds Segment 1 of 24 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Going to Japan as a young child with family Segment 2 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Attending elementary school as the only Japanese American Segment 3 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California First introduction to judo Segment 4 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Attending college, getting a degree in chemical engineering Segment 5 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Description of father Segment 6 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 7 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Hearing about arrests of community figures by the FBI Segment 8 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California War hysteria: hearing about antiaircraft guns being fired over Los Angeles Segment 9 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Being drafted into the army: separated from white soldiers Segment 10 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Family's wartime camp experience Segment 11 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Father and brothers sent to Department of Justice camps Segment 12 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Rest of family decides to go to Japan Segment 13 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Being given non-combat duties as a Japanese American Segment 14 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Memories of military service Segment 15 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Returning to San Jose, learning about laboratory work Segment 16 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Getting married and raising a family Segment 17 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Teaching self-defense Segment 18 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Getting a job heading the judo program at San Jose State Segment 19 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Helping to get judo established as a national sport in the U.S. Segment 20 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Working to get judo accepted as an Olympic sport Segment 21 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Establishing a successful career in medical laboratories Segment 22 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Supporting Norman Mineta Segment 23 of 24 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: San Jose, California Reflections Segment 24 of 24 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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